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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: Aug 14, 2009 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Further

OK. At first I was stunned that they would ask John Kadlecik to play with them (somewhat reinforced by Billy's recent comments even though I am a fan of DSO). But having attended the Denver Dead show in May I now know the rationale: they need him. Maybe not him personally but ‘him’ as in someone to follow. These guys followed Garcia through the music for decades. They have proven themselves decent leaders since Garcia died but the Denver show had every member of the band looking directly at Warren numerous times. They need to feed off of someone. Like an orchestra needs a conductor, Bobby, Phil, Mickey & Billy are so accustomed to this process that they are now actively finding guitarists to fill the roll. I am not faulting them for this situation and frankly I’m glad they realized what the missing ingredient has been. Now that being said, the spring tour was bland. I absolutely love this music and have been a Head since the early 80s but that tour had them keeping it very safe and in my opinion playing to the lowest common denominator. Maybe the choice of Kadlecik will inspire more adventurous, or at least more intense, playing but bringing in another drummer as well as Kadlecik is starting to make this feel like a nostalgia act. I’m sure folks will say “it’s been a nostalgia act since Garcia died!” but some of the best shows I’ve ever seen have been P&F (Ratdog-not so much…).

Regardless, I’ll stay on board and will try to hit this should they come to Denver. Thanks to the poster for this info. e

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Aug 14, 2009 2:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Further

Hey Edge - I'm sure there's some truth to your comments about them being accustomed to a leader. And compared to the recent Dead tour, it's an even more watered down act. For me, though, I'm still banking on feeling at least a little magic. Plus, the renovated Fox Theatre in Oakland looks like a fantastic small venue, so that's another aspect of the appeal.

Compared to any other boomer act that's still touring, this is a no-brainer for me, but I understand it ain't for everyone. Have a good weekend ~

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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: Aug 14, 2009 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Further

Indeed. I think I’ve been trying to avoid the 'nostalgia act’ tag for a while but this line up kinda smacked me a bit. It made me think-where do they go from here? They’ve hired an actual Jerry Garcia musical impersonator to play with. Then again, Phil’s getting pretty old. How many tours does he have left in him? Maybe he wants to go out by touching the music as closely as he can.

Anyway, you’re right that this act is FAR superior to say Foreigner, Def Leopard, or some other bullshit (totally different universes really but they’re the only acts on tour I could think of) And there WILL certainly be some magic at these shows. If I lived in the area I’d hit as many of the shows as I could.

You have a good weekend too brother. e